Spotlights on Health and Rights

Key topics in the Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health

Human Rights

Introduction

Why human rights for public health practitioners?

Human rights constitute an important framework for understanding determinants of health outcomes and for framing effective health programs and policies. Students in the Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health should appreciate that human rights violations can be an important part of poor health outcomes just as respecting, protecting and fulfilling human rights can contribute to good health in many ways. This module also encourages students to understand that human rights principles should be part of the tools and ideas they bring to the design, implementation and evaluation of programs and policies.

This module relies heavily on "25 Questions and Answers on Health and Human Rights" (World Health Organization, 2002) and other materials that are noted in the bibliography and in occasional references in the text.